Major Ryan McGinley Exhibition Opens in the Netherlands

Ryan McGinley, Ivan, 2013, C-print, 160 x 236cm.
Photo: courtesy Ryan McGinley/ Galerie Perrotin, Paris

A major survey titled “Ryan McGinley 1999-2015” opens at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort next Friday, May 30. The exhibition will be highly comprehensive, consisting of works from every series the artists has made thus far.

Ryan McGinley, Chloe & Amanda, 2010. Private collection.<br> Photo: courtesy Ryan McGinley/ Team Gallery, New York

Ryan McGinley Chloe & Amanda (2010)
Photo: courtesy Ryan McGinley and Team Gallery, New York

McGinley’s raw energized portraits of his friends and contemporaries rocketed him to fame in the early 2000s, and since then his career has continued to flourish. His subjects remain much the same as he explores the very territory that gained him his hip, young following.

“Life is just more exciting with a camera in my hand,” Ryan McGinley told Purple Dairy in 2013. ”Taking pictures feels right, more right than anything else in life.”

“This is how we do it,” he added. “Join the circus and run away from home. The journey is the destination.”

Ryan McGinley, Jake (Cannes), 2005, 122 x 183 cm. Collection Collectie agnès b.Photo: courtesy: Ryan McGinley/ Team Gallery, New York

Ryan McGinley Jake (Cannes) (2005)
Photo: courtesy: Ryan McGinley and Team Gallery, New York

McGinley’s work continues to encapsulate the ideals of the generation that gave him the cult cache which, in turn, has brought him much commercial success (see Pharrell Teams Up With Artist Ryan McGinley).

This large show will be a chance to see work from early on in McGinley’s career, when his subjects were his contemporaries in the Manhattan skate scene, next to his more current work.

“Ryan McGinley 1999-2015” is on view at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, from May 30 – August 30. 

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